Is it wise or foolish to kill yourself and innocent victims to obtain a heavenly reward?
In Post One, I stated I will explain recent history of how a recent time Islamist Ayatollah convinced his religious followers that by becoming a suicide bomber, they would become a martyr and obtain a deserving reward in heaven.
History of Suicide Bombers
Over time, suicide bombers in history have originated and occurred in various cultures and reasons, not only Islam. In the Sources, I have listed three sources of studies beginning with the briefest. If you take the time to read the articles, I believe you may understand there are various political, secular and religious beliefs that motivated various cultures of people to kill themselves.
3 This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.4 Anyone who is among the living has hope[b]—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!
5 For the living know that they will die,
but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
and even their name is forgotten.
6 Their love, their hate
and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
in anything that happens under the sun.
The origins of modern Istishhadi attacks lie among the Shia in Iran during the Iran–Iraq War of 1980–1988. Mohammed Hossein Fahmideh, a 13-year-old boy who fought in the war, is said to be the first Muslim to have participated in such an attack in contemporary history. He strapped rocket-propelled grenades to his chest and blew himself up under an Iraqi tank in November 1980. Ayatollah Khomeini declared Fahmideh a national hero and inspiration for further volunteers for martyrdom.Other Iranian basij volunteers ran through minefields to detonate buried landmines and clear a safe battlefield path for following soldiers.
Shia usually refer to the martyrdom of Hussain ibn Ali and his companions and family members in the Battle of Karbala as role models and inspiration for martyrdom as a glorious and noble death.( wikipedia.org/wiki/Istishhad)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.( John 15:13)
Suicide Bomber Motivation Red Line Purpose
If you read the history of suicide bombers and compare to King Solomon’s writings you may be wondering whether it is wise or foolish to decide to lay down your life for any cause. The conundrum is whether by doing so, a person will become a hero, martyr, or terrorist.
The redline is who or what circumstances would motivate someone to become a suicide bomber, and who or what motivates a person to lay down his or her life and decide to kill themselves for a purpose. Is the reason personal, psychological, political, cultural, or religious faith?
Regardless of reason or motivation, what can or should be done in the USA to dissuade and r prevent someone from killing themselves and innocent victims?
In My Next Post
I will explore this conundrum of the First Amendment in relation to the question of wise or foolish in above King Solomon’s verse 5 “Their Love, their hate, and their jealousy,,,, ” vs. heavenly reward motivations of terrorist suicide bombers.
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Short History of Suicide Bombers HERE
Wikipedia Istishhadi HERE
Previous Post One HERE